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Up to what age can I undertake voluntary military service in Switzerland?

Up to the end of the year in which you turn 24 years of age. Swiss Abroad who wish to undertake basic military training must contact their Swiss representation. Recruitment generally takes place at the age of 19 based on a special procedure. An application for early enlistment can be made in justified exceptional cases. We always advise that you contact your representation in good time. The military service book is issued by the authorities in Switzerland.

The OSA’s Legal Department provides general legal information on Swiss law, in particular in the areas that concern the Swiss Abroad. It does not provide information on foreign law and does not intervene in disputes between private parties.